A Hug for God




Matthew 19:13-14
Then little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”
My brother recently had a blood test that revealed an elevated sugar level. He was told he
would have to come back in a week for another blood test to see if his sugar level had returned to normal.
Mike struggles with several things. He is somewhat learning disabled and has a childlike
outlook on life and fear. He is also a slight hypochondriac, and for some reason he has
always had an odd fascination with diabetes, which does not run in our family.
Upon learning that his blood sugar level was high, as you can imagine, Mike became fearful that he now had diabetes. He struggled with his fear for a week until his tests came back today – normal. Mike’s immediate reaction caught me off guard.
“I wish I could reach up and give God a big hug!” he joyfully exclaimed.
When I had heard the good news a little earlier in the day, I had breathed a silent prayer of
thanks to God, but Mike’s enthusiastic reaction made mine seem shallow and hollow indeed.
No wonder Jesus said the kingdom of Heaven is made up of those such as little children.
That unabashed joy in the goodness of our Almighty Provider and that sincere desire to reach up and hug
God must be truly precious in His sight… and hard to come by in his older and more
intellectual children.
Today I learned a lesson about joy and thanksgiving from my brother… and I
suspect my intellectually challenged sibling may know much more about God than I do…
(From our archives, 10/24/02)
Kathryn Darden is editor and publisher of ChristianActivities.com.
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